Today I got up early and took a bus to the beijing zoo - only 1 yen (15 cents) for a 20 minute adventure but I found the zoo and saw the pandas (another tick on my bucket list) and got back to my hotel without too much drama. I am off to shanghai this afternoon by bullet train. It takes 4 hours and 48 minutes and travels at a speed of 330km - well maybe a little less once the weight from my luggage is factored in! See you in shanghai . . .